• Powers Boulevard project in Colorado Springs gets multimillion-dollar boost

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    A project to widen Powers Boulevard got a multimillion-dollar boost this week. The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments board of directors approved $6.5 million in state and federal funds Wednesday to expand the roadway to six lanes between Platte Avenue and Fountain Boulevard....

  • Colorado governor defends embattled Human Services agency

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado's governor is defending the embattled Department of Human Services to state lawmakers who have complained that the agency that oversees child welfare needs a new direction. Gov. John Hickenlooper sent a four-page response to the 84 state lawmakers who wrote his...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs man no longer has front-yard lake after investigation

    Bill Vogrin
    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    A note of thanks popped up in my email the other day from D.C. Hayes, who wrote to say that recent torrential rains had not left his yard flooded, as often occurred in the previous 30 years due to a poorly designed intersection. Intrigued, I visited the Eastborough neighborhood near...

  • Effort to draw younger voters may mean more ballots cast in Colorado Springs runoff election

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    A steady stream of young people got stickers for voting at Centennial Hall on Thursday, then moseyed to Nosh to collect on a two-for-one beer offer. Shannon Rauen and Tony Gioia, both of Colorado Springs Rising Professionals, created a din at South Cascade and West Vermijo avenues,...

  • Governor announces candidates to fill Colorado Springs area judge positions

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    A group of candidates to fill two upcoming 4th Judicial District Court Judge vacancies were announced Thursday, narrowing the field to six people who are vying for the soon to be open positions. The court's nominating commission announced that Linda Billings-Vela, Jill Brady, Jeffrey...

  • Rural districts present test ideas to Colorado school board

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    DENVER — A dozen rural school districts from across Colorado are calling for relief from Common Core-linked testing and asked for a chance to take a local approach to measuring student success. The 14-district Rural Innovation Alliance boosted its case in a presentation to the state...

  • Lawmakers: Future of over-budget Denver VA hospital unclear

    The Associated Press
    Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    DENVER — The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans committees said Thursday the future of an over-budget VA hospital under construction in Denver is unclear because the Veterans Affairs Department hasn't come up with an acceptable plan for funding it. Sen. Johnny Isakson of...

  • Colorado senators tout legislation to legalize therapeutic hemp

    BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Colorado's two senators introduced legislation this week to legalize therapeutic hemp across the nation - a move that could vastly expand access to cannabis-based oils touted as a treatment for epileptic children. Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet were among six...

  • Again? Agents likely 'impaired' in White House incident

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    WASHINGTON — What were they thinking? For months new Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy had been warning agents and officers that misconduct and drunken shenanigans would not be tolerated in the once-vaunted law enforcement agency. And yet, according to investigators, two senior...

  • May storms have caused millions of dollars in damage throughout Pikes Peak region

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU AND RYAN MAYE HANDY The Gazette -
    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The recent deluge of rain in Colorado Springs and El Paso County is nearly four times the 2-inch average for May - and it's not even halfway through the month. Millions of dollars in damage has county officials preparing to request state and federal emergency money. Three city...

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